Veenker announces first NLI signee of ‘07
Wednesday, April 11, 2007

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State softball head coach Shane Veenker announced today the signing of Big Lake, Minn., native Karissa Hendrickson to a National Letter of Intent. Hendrickson is the first to sign an NLI to play softball next season.

As a high school junior, Hendrickson was named an All-State Honorable Mention selection, as well as receiving All-Conference and All-Section accolades. The shortstop was also selected as the Mississippi 8 Athlete of the Week and voted by her teammates as Big Lake’s Best Offense, Best Defense, and Most Hustle player of the year.

During last season, she also had an efficient .488 batting average and a .779 slugging percentage with three doubles, eight triples, and two home runs. Hendrickson collected 42 hits during the season, scored 33 runs and knocked in 24 RBI.

In the field, she was equally as effective with a .928 fielding percentage committing just eight errors during the season in 103 chances.

At Big Lake High School, Hendrickson also played basketball and volleyball. During her basketball career she received team honors such as best all-around player, best defender, best rebounder and most enthusiastic. Additionally she is a three-time recipient of All-Conference academic honors for BLHS.

Hendrickson also marks the first signing of first-year head coach Shane Veenker’s career at Bemidji State.

BSU has a 1-11 overall record and a 1-4 record in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference this season.